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How to start Puppy boot from floppy? (Windows, Puppy on HD)
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toronado

Joined: 04 Sep 2013
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PostPosted: Wed 04 Sep 2013, 17:20    Post subject:  How to start Puppy boot from floppy? (Windows, Puppy on HD)
Subject description: I don't want GRUB to replace MBR
 

I know I've done this in the past, but I don't remember how. Embarassed

I have a Windows XP installation on the primary partition of a HDD, with unallocated space after which I can use for a Linux partition to contain frugal puppy files and GRUB. I don't want GRUB to touch the MBR. I'd like to have GRUB's IPL (stage 1) on a Floppy pointing to the stage 2, etc. on the Linux partition. Then set the BIOS boot order to Floppy first, HDD second. That way if the floppy is present it will boot Puppy, and if the floppy is ejected, it will just boot Windows normally. This solution has worked well for me in the past, but I don't remember how I did it to replicate it! Embarassed
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Wed 04 Sep 2013, 18:10    Post subject:  

The easiest way is to use Grub4Dos Bootloader Config and select your floppy as the target drive. Don't pick your hard drive by mistake!
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toronado

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PostPosted: Fri 11 Oct 2013, 00:09    Post subject: Thanks
Subject description: Seems to work
 

Thanks, it seems to work. Finally got around to trying this. (My floppy drive was having issues previously, but seems to be working again.)
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